LATELY — 9 October 2005

Nail scissor notes

When you use (curved) nail scissors, are you sup­posed to match the curve of the scis­sors to the curve of the nail, or “oppose” the curves?

That is, are you sup­posed to do

  1. FINGER) (SCISSORS

or

  1. FINGER) )SCISSORS

?

I just discovered, after a few months of (2), that (1) ac­tu­ally seems to be a whole lot better–the curve keeps the scis­sors away from the nails (better visibility/clearance, es­pe­cially the corners). Is this what you’re sup­posed to do though? Nail clip­pers ob­vi­ously work like (2), al­though this could well be a red herring.